Thursday, March 4, 2010


The debut Forest Swords vinyl just came out on monday and has already been generating some rave reviews -- including earning Volcanic Tongue's much coveted "Tip Of The Tongue" honors (a.k.a. record of the week) -- here's David Keenan's write-up of the album:

"Mind-blowing out of nowhere debut for this solo UK underground project based in the Wirral in Merseyside. Forest Swords work as a Hypnagogic update of classic UK underground modes, importing psychedelic hip-hop and R ‘n’ B production styles into the kind of eccentric art-pop settings of Simon Wickham-Smith and Richard Youngs, Two Daughters, Dome, The Shadow Ring et al. The music is hypnotically lush minimalism, sometimes using synthesised ghost vocals over dubbed-up Julian Lynch style bass and beautiful smears of drone. Forest Swords talks of his love for Aaliyah’s work with Timbaland and there’s a sleight of hand going on here which is comparable to Daniel Lopatin’s seductive use of screwed hip hop styles in drone/underground settings. Here Forest Swords come over as a Hypnagogic Aphex Twin, with the stoned production style of Selected Ambient Works usurped by crude minimal Spacemen/Velvets guitar and some F/X heavy DIY remix styles. It’s a fantastic trip, with something indefinably bleak/lovely in its evocation of lonely late night England. Dagger Paths consists of specially re-mastered versions of tracks from the out of print cassettes Miarches and Glory Gongs along with brand new material. Full colour pro-printed sleeves and insert with a MP3 download. A classic UK underground side, bolstering the tradition while taking it somewhere else completely. Highly recommended." - David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue

here's a brand new video for the track "Visits" off the Forest Swords "Dagger Paths" album -- the final installment of what makes up a trilogy when grouped alongside the videos for "Miarches" & "Glory Gongs".

Forest Swords - Visits from OESB // FUTURE SOUND on Vimeo.

Forest Swords - Glory Gongs from OESB // FUTURE SOUND on Vimeo.

Forest Swords - Miarches from OESB // FUTURE SOUND on Vimeo.


and here's the aforementioned "PLUS ONE" -- a video for "The Light" which is the closing track on "Dagger Paths" - this was made by Alex Davis of Leftist Nautical Antiques who released the debut Forest Swords cassette last year.

The Light from Hazed Nostalgia on Vimeo.


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  2. This album is incredible. Hats off.